Florence parks and play centres for kids

Boboli Gardens
Labyrinths, grottoes, fountains, statues and hiding places make the Boboli Gardens a great diversion for children, not to mention the amazing views over the city.

Le Cascine
Florence’s largest park to the west of the city, is also the site of regular fairs and markets. Racehorses are often exercised in the Ippodroma in the early mornings. There is also a public swimming pool (via della Catena 2- open only during the summer) and various playgrounds.

Parco Carraia
Entrance off Via dell’Erta Canina
This little known park surrounded by countryside, has swings, picnic benches and plenty of green space for a good game of football. The friendly Carraia Tennis Club is just up from the park and offers a variety of activities for children including tennis and calcetto (football).

Play centres

Canadian Island
Via Gioberti 15
Open: 8am-5pm Mon to Fri, 9-1pm Sat
Tel: 055 677 567
Website: Canadian Island Play centre

Childcare for ages three to twelve by responsible English and Italian-speaking adults. They also organise summer camps on farms and day camps at Ugolino in the Chianti region.

Mondobimbo Inflatable
Parterre, Piazza della Libertà
Tel: 055 553 2946
Open: 10am to midnight daily; noon-4.30pm June to August daily

Let you kids let off steam in the huge inflatable castles, whales, dogs and snakes.

Sketching Florence
Sharon Okun
Tel: 055 655 7438
Email: inquiry@sharonokun.com

A group of artists offer one-hour workshops in historical piazze.


Out of Town

Why not escape the hustle and bustle of the city and take the kdis off for a day trip by car, bus or train. Alternatively go for a one day bike ride organised by I bike Italy. Open all year round they promise to make your day enjoyable and crowd free.

Giardino Zoologico
Via Pieve a Celle, 160
Tel: 0573 911 2371
Website: Giardino Zoologico
Open: Summer 9a,-7pm daily, Winter 9am-7pm daily
Giraffes, rhinos, crocodiles and many other type of wild animal can be found here, in typical safari type surroundings with palm trees and banana trees. No entrance after 6pm.

Parco Giochi Cavallino Matto
Via Po 1, Marina di Castagneto Donoratico
Tel: 055 745 720
Website: Parco Giochi Cavallino Matto
Open: 10am-7pm daily, open till 10pm in July and midnight in August

It is the largest funfair of the coastal region and won’t disappoint in providing hours of fun for kids and no doubtly adults as well!

Parco Preistorico
Peccioli Via Capuccino 20
Tel: 0587 636 030
Website: Parco Preistorico
Open: 9am-sunset (6.30 pm) daily

About 50km (32 miles) from Pisa, this park has impressive life-size models of 18 dinosaurs, a play area, bar and picnic facilities. Tours last one hour and free info sheets in English are given out.


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